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The Big Squeeze, Spectator Coffee House

Date: 26. November 2010
Gavin Kelly

The media and political establishment are yet to wake up to the fact that working families in Britain are about to become poorer, writes Gavin Kelly in the Spectator Coffee ...

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The Coming Crunch, by Gavin Kelly

Date: 24. November 2010
Gavin Kelly and

These are interesting times here at the Resolution Foundation. We’re expanding our team, starting new projects and working in different ways to achieve practical solutions. I hope you’ll keep returning to our new and improved website over the next few weeks and months to follow what we have to say about the position of low-to-middle earners in Britain. We’re keen to know what you think.

The question of why the Foundation’s work is important is an interesting one. It's often said that a key measure of a civilised society is how it treats its most vulnerable, a sentiment that would be widely shared across the political spectrum. But the plight of those who are not the most vulnerable but are nevertheless hard-pressed - unable to thrive in the market economy though not eligible for extensive state support - also tells us something fundamental about the health of our economy and the character of our society. The pressures faced by those on low-to-middle incomes are unique...

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It’s rising prices as much as spending cuts that will give the Coalition a political headache, The Independent

Date: 16. November 2010

Last Wednesday, Bank of England Governor Mervyn King forecast that inflation would remain above its 2% target until at least the end of 2011. British Gas has just announced a ...

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It’s rising prices as much as spending cuts that will give the Coalition a political headache

Date: 16. November 2010
Gavin Kelly and James Plunkett

It’s rising prices as much as spending cuts that will give the Coalition a political headache.

Last Wednesday, Bank of England Governor Mervyn King forecast that inflation would remain above its 2% target until at least the end of 2011. British Gas has just announced a 7% price hike.  It all bodes ill for the Coalition.  For now, each day still starts to headlines screaming about cuts.  But come 2015, it’s unlikely that cuts will be the defining issue of the election.  Instead, the framing will be closer to that of the 1980 Presidential campaign: “ask yourself: are you better off now than you were four years ago?”, as Ronald Reagan put it to the American people.

On present trends, the Coalition will be very anxious about that framing.  Their policy agenda pays little regard to the rising costs of modern life that make people feel worse off.  Take the Spending Review. It amounts to a three-year programme to raise the running costs of a working family.

This post originally appeared on the Independent

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Some of the spending review's big losers haven't realised it yet, The Guardian

Date: 2. November 2010

The media may be preoccupied with cuts to child and housing benefits – but all hell will break loose once tax credit cuts bite, writes Gavin Kelly in The Guardian.

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Some of the spending review's big losers haven't realised it yet

Date: 2. November 2010
Gavin Kelly

The media may be preoccupied with cuts to child and housing benefits – but all hell will break loose once tax credit cuts bite.

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